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February

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The mood

What are you in the mood for? This month we’ll be investigating and matching each of our 12 flavour profiles to different moods and occasions.

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Featured Bottlings

IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

We’ve been delving into the idea of mood this month and how the right Society whisky can perfectly reflect how you’re feeling at any moment. If the names of these three new bottlings are anything to go by, we think it’s safe to assume that the Tasting Panel were left feeling fantastic by our new mid-month selection!

Browse our mid-month vibrant releases below:

66.167

Big and punchy

£52.80

Profile
Peated
Region
Highland
Age
7 Years
Cask Type
Refill ex-oloroso puncheon

The nose leads you, through an old wardrobe interior, into a land of toasted marshmallows, creamy toffee, foamy bananas, walnut fudge and a bonfire of nut shells. The palate is big and punchy, with clean, penetrating smoke - chocolate raisins, green peppercorns, liquorice root and fried red chillies. The reduced nose is cleaner and more complex - Calvados-soaked oak, Barbour waxed jackets, singed orange peel, Pontefract cakes and nicotine tar; maybe even tuna niçoise with sweet, smoky vinaigrette. The reduced palate majors on nutty, earthy flavours - sweet pipe tobacco (in a briar pipe) and chilli dark chocolate with a mouth-drawing, ashy finish.

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63.54

The happy wanderer

£44.80

Profile
Spicy & sweet
Region
Speyside
Age
8 Years
Cask Type
Refill ex- bourbon barrel

Molten butter, lemon jam, jasmine, Edinburgh rock and wax paper all brim from the glass. Followed by wild garlic, dried cereals, crushed hazelnuts and soda bread. Water makes things very gristy with notes of malt bins then spiced custard, sorrel, menthol tobacco, sweet cough medicine and eucalyptus. The initial taste is of butterscotch, bubble-gum and salted caramel ice cream. It continues with heather honey, a delicate waxiness, bitter ale and cured ham. Reduction gives hardwood saps, herbal resins, cannabis oil, Sudocreme, carbon paper, tarragon, struck flints and white flowers.

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6.39

A belter of a dram!

£49.50

Profile
Spicy & sweet
Region
Speyside
Age
7 Years
Cask Type
1st fill ex-PX butt

A fantastic deep amber colour was followed by an aroma which transported some of us to Jerez eating a slice of jamon Serrano next to a bowl of black olives, while others were in the Caribbean sipping rum and eating dark chocolate. Strong, powerful and fierce like flamenco with the feisty rhythm of percussion and guitar - a belter of a dram! With water we could sense the stomping of the dancer on the floor while the tune on the palate now more like a rumba - elegant and breathtakingly beautiful. After five years in an ex-oloroso butt we transferred this whisky into a first-fill PX Sherry butt.

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February's Events

WHISKY & MOOD - LIVERPOOL
£39.00
Friday 21 February 2020
Liverpool
QUEEN STREET: SOCIETY MASTERCLASS
£45.00
Saturday 22 February 2020
Edinburgh
FREE EVENT: MUSIC & MALTS LIVE @ THE VAULTS - ALI AFFLECK
FREE
Thursday 25 February 2020
Edinburgh
IN THE MOOD FOR WHISKY - BERLIN
£35.00
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Berlin
WHISKY AND MOOD - PARIS
£29.00
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Paris
QUEEN STREET: THE FLAVOUR OF SCOTLAND
£25.00
Friday 28 February 2020
Edinburgh
Feature

France and Scotch: A long-term love affair

If there’s more than the usual feeling of love in the air during the month of St Valentine’s Day, the French passion for whisky is a year-round affair that only continues to grow in intensity.

When Unfiltered visited Paris in 2010 to report on France’s fervour for Scotch, it was the number one export market by volume, with almost 160 million 70cl bottles shipped there at that time. Since then, the French are drinking even more Scotch, up by almost a fifth in the past 10 years to around 190 million bottles.

But why would France, already home to such a diversity of quality drinks, be so madly in love with Scotch in particular? There are a number of reasons, according to Cyrille Mald, SMWS ambassador in Paris and author of Iconic Whisky.

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Flavour Profiles

Flavour profile feelings

How’s your mood and which one of our flavour profiles sounds like it would hit the spot? Take your pick from our selection:

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